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For Members 2020 SVP Election Slate vice-president

chris sidor

Current Position: Professor (Department of Biology, University of Washington), Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology (UW Burke Museum), Associate Director of Research & Collections (UW Burke Museum).

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2000; M.S., University of Chicago, 1996; B.S., Trinity College, 1994.

Previous SVP Service: Member-at-Large, Executive Committee (2011–2014); Ad hoc Committee on Fossil Repositories and Collections Guidelines (2010); Chair of Predoctoral Fellowship Grant Committee (2006–2011); Editorial Board of JVP (2005–2010); Romer Prize Committee (2002–2007).

Other Professional Service: Member of external review committees for PalaeoSciences Centre of Excellence (2018) and University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (2017); Development of paleontology gallery exhibits and interpretation at UW Burke Museum (2016–2019); Organizing committee for Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology meeting (2012); Member of nominations committee, Paleontological Society (2009–2010).

Research Interests: 1) Evolutionary morphology, including quantifying large-scale evolutionary trends and patterns of morphological diversification, particularly in non-mammalian synapsids.  2) Evolution of Permo-Triassic vertebrate faunas, especially the development of provincialism following the end-Permian mass extinction.

Goals for the SVP: SVP promotes the wide-ranging interests of the discipline as well as the objectives of its members, which typically include research and education, including student training.  The society has supported research dissemination primarily through its flagship journal and the annual meeting, both of which have enjoyed remarkable success in recent years.  In the future, SVP conferences should target international venues where the meeting has yet to be held, for example Africa, Asia, or South America.  Publishing norms are evolving rapidly and I would support changes that push JVP to be the premier journal in the field.  SVP has supported its student members with several grants and awards.  Establishing and expanding the endowments for these awards should remain a priority.  Another important goal is to strengthen the relationship between the SVP and the museums and other institutions that house vertebrate fossils.  I have previously served the SVP on several committees and look forward to continuing to contribute to the society’s advancement and excellence.